Reflections of an iPad terrorist ahead of Freedom Day

2013-04-16 12:38

Indaba my countrymen ? How can we celebrate an illusion?

Every time I read the newspaper, or switch on the TV or radio my heart bleeds when it becomes clear that we've been governed by false messiahs since Mandela exited the political stage and I hear arguments about how our country is misgoverned, and it makes me cry inside.

I am proudly a first generation home grown South African who has felt the brutality of apartheid, so I don’t like what’s happening in our beloved country. I dreamt in 1994 of how we crossed that bridge to freedom and justice.

The reality as it unfolds is a bleak future if we don’t stop entertaining and rewarding mediocrity ,incompetency,criminal behaviour and a collapse in the moral and ethical fibre of our country's leadership.

In 2012 Mangaung ushered in an era when the brave and the bold were jettisoned like unwanted items with an incoming leadership to take us to 2014 and beyond. Beyond where? And to what? What I see is not consonant with what I hear!

I remember how our country was balanced on a sharp knife edge in 1993 , how I stayed up all day and night to listening to the news,reading papers whose cuttings I preserve 20 years on. In my province of KwaZulu-Natal the internecine warfare between supporters of the ANC and the IFP that culminated with the headline "InkathaIn" was the most vivid reminder of what we were heading into had Mr Mandela not handed our province to satiate Buthelezi, the leader of the IFP.

I have pictures of long serpentine queues formed out of polling stations with voters patiently awaiting to take turns at the ballot to choose our leadership!

I cry silent tears because the incumbent President has deceived and disarmed me with his smile and in my twilight years when I am supposed to leave the plough for my children to continue, I have to plough on.And I have to ask.......

Indaba my countrymen?

We have one of the most appalling educational systems in Africa and yet we celebrate the abysmal results of recent times with such fanfare it reminds me of how, despite the Titanic was slowly sinking, the passengers partied on. We have almost a phantom type health system manned by dispirited and dejected health professionals because of the lack of resources and incentives.

If someone tells me South Africa is progressing, I will question that assumption for in fact, SA is retrogressing and, despite its BRIC membership, freedom, an improved standard of life, prosperity and justice are illusions that even ordinary South Africans are now violently challenging!

We live in a country that wakes up to see very important public sector workers, like teachers and postal workers go on strike, a country where we are held hostage to corruption, graft and crime which our justice system rewards murderers in uniform to walk free.

Yes, I cry like a child because twenty years on, just ahead of Freedom Day on the 27 April 2013, I have nothing to hold on to as an assurance to a bright and promising future for my children. This government stands on national platforms and introduce ambitious projects that are not likely to be achieved before term of office ends.

Government has mortgaged all, if not all of South Africa resources prospectively leaving us and those who will come after us with massive debts that looks like Schumpeter's gale that is most likely to send us to and keep us back in recession for generations beyond many our lifetimes! Again I ask......

Indaba my countrymen?

Ah, as Alan Paton wrote our land is as beautiful place but politicians and civil servants make it a living hell for you the citizen and not recognise you as contributor towards equal development of all.

This is why I cry and I ask............

Indaba my countrymen?

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